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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #175 on: May 10, 2016, 11:37:03 PM »

A little bit of tidying up of the bilge keels and the fender rods.
I really should have done that a long time ago. Now, with the primer, the poor quality of my workmanship was exclamated.


And a neat little fix of a scratch (cute)  %)

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« Reply #176 on: May 11, 2016, 12:22:02 AM »

I still have to fix some of the weld simulation.


Couldn't go to bed with the weld simulations undone. They're done now.



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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #177 on: May 11, 2016, 05:04:22 PM »

The sub-deck after primer application.
I must say, there's nothing I _could_ do to make it better, considering the quality of the material. I'm referring to my abilities, to be sure {:-{


After filling it seemed smooth, but now wood grain shows through here and there and the surface is not absolutely even. Then again, the deck of a real tug is hardly 100% smooth and straight.
(I do know that weathering is something that one does to a pristine model. In this case, the deck is "pre-weathered" as far as the shape is concerned. I take no pride, nor shame for it - it's just a matter of fact.

I complain to myself about the weld seams being too conspicuous. My skill level considered, I think they are not too bad :embarrassed: O0
Is there a substance that I could use to make the wood grain (tiny holes, actually) go away, in the course of further painting? I have read in one thread that matt/satin varnish as a middle coat would be an option. What do you think?
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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #178 on: May 11, 2016, 05:41:40 PM »

I think you're doing great. Keep up the good work.

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #179 on: May 11, 2016, 10:23:32 PM »

The deck looks ok to me Hande - you will hardly notice it anyway, once all the fittings are in place. 8)

If you really wanted to, you could add thin plastic card to the deck, in sections, which would give you the "welded deck" you're after.
This would also give you a smooth surface to paint.

Note: I have not tried this myself. :embarrassed:

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #180 on: May 12, 2016, 08:00:14 AM »

Interesting idea plasticard-plywood hybrid. To keep in store when going gets tough. Thanks!
This deck has been TOUCHED so much - from now on, I'll keep it to the minimum. Anticipating lots and lots of thin coats of paint.

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #181 on: May 12, 2016, 10:24:18 AM »


HELLO HANDE, a great job. You are very precise and clean construction.
I pass the link to my photo gallery of smit nederland built in 1:50 scale.


https://picasaweb.google.com/104338459899956487602/SMITNEDERLAND


Cheers and Enjoy


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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #182 on: May 12, 2016, 10:44:07 AM »

The deck looks ok to me Hande - you will hardly notice it anyway, once all the fittings are in place. 8)

If you really wanted to, you could add thin plastic card to the deck, in sections, which would give you the "welded deck" you're after.
This would also give you a smooth surface to paint.

Note: I have not tried this myself. :embarrassed:

Regards,


Ray.


I've used this method before, but not on a model boat..... it is very effective
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« Reply #183 on: May 14, 2016, 05:32:27 PM »

HELLO HANDE, a great job. You are very precise and clean construction.
I pass the link to my photo gallery of smit nederland built in 1:50 scale.



Talk about a great job! It's very interesting to see your S.N.

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« Reply #184 on: May 14, 2016, 05:43:31 PM »

The parrot-beak hook rest.
I referred to this earlier in this blog.
I understand now, why the hook seemed to hang in mid-air. The kit didn't provide any suggestion for the resting rail, along which the hook can be moved from side to side/the hook moves freely according to the drag of the hawse.

Unfortunately, before I found the picture I was looking for, I had already been hasty and made a modification that left the hook resting on the deck.

There's enough slack, luckily, to squeeze a somewhat modified resting rail under the hook.

The innovation here is the repurposing of a shower curtaing hanger (acrylic, may be? It's hard.). Heated it up to reform, and dremeled it to the correct shape. It's not perfectly smooth but I will give it a try with paint. The heating may have made it very fragile. But there is no stress upon it, so it'll serve its purpose.



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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #185 on: June 01, 2016, 09:42:30 PM »

I'm alive.
flling and sanding a bit at a time.
Terrified of painting - I seem to find lots of excuses to postpone it.
The hull is primed and ready to go on the outside. If only I dared.
I build fittings and sometimes hold a bottle of paint in my hand and then put it back...


A plan develops in my mind about how to paint the bulwark knees. But it's just a plan.


Another "problem" is that I unexpectedly got work. Paid and all. It seriously distracts me from the hobby  %)



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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #186 on: June 02, 2016, 12:00:06 AM »

Another "problem" is that I unexpectedly got work.

That's great news Hande - take it while you can.

Your paint plan. Review it, step by step, rearrange if necessary then, with the right weather conditions and your day(s) off - just go for it. :-)

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #187 on: June 13, 2016, 07:06:49 AM »

I decided to go for it after a lot of time deliberating.
Primed some fittings. Carefully - thin coat after another.
It didn't go without setback this time either:


I had removed some excess glue (gorilla wood glue), but not well enough.
Vallejo Surface Primer DOES NOT stick onto glue spilled on wood. No matter how invisible the glue is.


sigh...

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« Reply #188 on: June 15, 2016, 07:00:08 PM »

Painting the hull.
I'm off to a three weeks' vacation - slash - separation from my build.
I decided that I want to see some colour, before I go. The weather was good so I went out to spray the hull with Tamiya Dull Red.

No orange peel.
No pores.
Only very minor imperfections due to little scratches. I will leave them.

This will serve as the base coat. Planning to apply an additional coat of the red after my trip, then a coat of satin varnish to fill some of the smaller marks, and continue with one or two coats of the red. 

I will mask for the waterline and paint the up side black, once I have the bulwark in place (some apprehension about that portion of the build).

Then lettering and a final coat of satin varnish. At every stage, light sanding, wiping, tacking. After I'm convinced that I have the surface fully covered with paint, I will turn from dry sanding to wet. This is what I've understood to be the best practice (rf. Stavros's advice). Please, tell me if I'm going wrong somewhere. Too many coats?
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« Reply #189 on: June 17, 2016, 03:01:26 PM »

That's a very neat paint job Hande - Your step-by-step approach seems ok to me.

Enjoy your holiday.

Regards,

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« Reply #190 on: June 17, 2016, 08:13:47 PM »

And how quickly you have got this well developed stage in the build by giving the hull a good prime! Looks great. As you said Hande, the real things get very lumpy and shabby in service so a few dents etc are perfectly acceptable In my humble oppinion.
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« Reply #191 on: June 17, 2016, 11:18:04 PM »

Thanks Capt and Ballastanksian  :D
I appreciate your continuing support. I'm sorry that my project slowed down and I lost momentum. I will do my best to maintain some degree of anticipation.
After three weeks - just wait till I get to the bulwark knees and the bulwark..  ;)



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« Reply #192 on: June 17, 2016, 11:58:07 PM »

I'm sorry that my project slowed down and I lost momentum.


No apologies necessary Hande. This is what athletes often refer to as "hitting the wall".
I believe the vast majority of boat modellers suffer from the same thing as you - I know I do. <*<

No point in rushing things anyway, you will get there eventually. O0

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« Reply #193 on: August 09, 2016, 09:40:48 PM »

With all the mess I made with Vallejo Surface primer, I decided to do some practice, before I continue with painting the proper model. I begin to understand its behaviour...  O0  I know - I should have practiced before I started in the first place  :police:  But I thought:"How hard can it be..." (from the series:"famous last words")  :embarrassed:


Repaired/remade some pieces that I'd broken and masked the fittings that are to be painted next.


Added more coats on the hull. With the price of Tamiya spray cans, my hull will be the most expensive this side of the galaxy  >:-o . But they ARE so easy and fun to use  O0 :embarrassed:



Observation: Even with a number of layers (primer, base coat, paint coats) and weeks of curing, just touch the surface with a fresh drop of Tamiya paint and all coats will instantly dissolve under that drop and a bright white spot of exposed plastic will show  {:-{ >:-o  I wanted to fix a little imperfection, I did...

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« Reply #194 on: August 10, 2016, 12:16:12 AM »


Observation: Even with a number of layers (primer, base coat, paint coats) and weeks of curing, just touch the surface with a fresh drop of Tamiya paint and all coats will instantly dissolve under that drop and a bright white spot of exposed plastic will show  {:-{ >:-o  I wanted to fix a little imperfection, I did...


This sounds like a cellulose problem to me. Can't say I've ever come across this before though. %%

Perhaps someone more knowledgeable will respond. :embarrassed:

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« Reply #195 on: August 14, 2016, 10:05:02 PM »

I have studied the use of Vallejo Surface Primer - and now I am getting there.
With small fittings it's not difficult and the result is satisfactory.  O0
But with my small airbrush, larger surfaces are really hard to paint evenly. :((

I primed the subdeck with a Tamiya spray Fine Surface Primer. After some iterations I'm now done with it. You can see little bumps and other imperfections, but after all, it is a miracle that I made it this far with the original kit part that was so full of defects in the beginning.  O0

The fittings are less than optimal, but I suspect that when fitted and everything is put together, they will be just fine.  %)

My troubles continue with the lower superstructure.  <*< As you can see, the plywood shows with all the Danish quality features, and my incompetence. I find it simply impossible to sand between the fittings without spoiling the little that is more or less ok. And there really is no sanding of the Vallejo Surface primer. If I go too hard on it, it will peel. This is the tradeoff with Vallejo Surface Primer - optimal surface on a smooth surface - no sanding if the surface underneath is not smooth. I'm starting to think, Vallejo Surface primer is not for wood. Wood grows imperfections naturally, when wet with paint.

I found 1:35 crew in a local shop. They will look tiny on a 1:33 ship, but acceptable - don't you think?

Still looking for tyres. Am not finding. Thinking, how hard can it be to make a dozen truck tyres. (Actually, I learned that aircraft tyres are preferred on real tugs, but I guess they are not common at all.)


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« Reply #196 on: October 04, 2016, 05:11:31 PM »

Painting bulwark knees.
Using forward deck as a painting stand.
This way I can do 14 at a time. Thought of setting up the deck all around, but was afraid that I couldn't keep the circus together turning the boat around and not having very much room for the paint job. Dropping parts etc.
Slowly does it...



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« Reply #197 on: October 04, 2016, 10:20:55 PM »

Hiya Hande - that looks to be a nice neat way of painting those supports. (14 down, 55 to go) - am I right to assume the clothes pegs are there to keep tension on the covering sheet ?

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« Reply #198 on: October 05, 2016, 04:59:42 PM »

am I right to assume the clothes pegs are there to keep tension on the covering sheet ?

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yes -exactly. The sheet is plastic kitchen foil - soft enough to let pierce through with the notch of each bulwark knee, and thin enough not to block the hole. The foil is so light that without the pegs there is a risk of the airbrush blowing the foil up and against wet paint.

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« Reply #199 on: October 14, 2016, 12:22:58 AM »

Almost ashamed to report my minor progress  :embarrassed:
I observe here on the forum that others do what they want.
I'm bound by what I _can_ do.
This (see the pics) is what I can do. I honestly think this is my best working on plywood.
It is a relief to accept it and allow for all the imperfections. For a perfectionist this is a big step.


And hey - back to having fun  :}  That IS what the hobby is all about  O0









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